AMD’s latest GPU drivers scale back energy utilization in YouTube, however solely at 4K

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

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AMD’s newest Adrenalin driver package deal (model 21.8.1) provides help for the corporate’s newly minted Radeon RX 6600 XT graphics card, however its largest profit is not listed within the launch notes—the potential for considerably decrease energy utilization when watching YouTube movies.

That is one thing the Radeon RX 6000 sequence as an entire has struggled with since launch, based on ComputerBase, which examined energy consumption ranges with the 21.8.1 driver launch. What the location discovered is that the brand new driver package deal brings energy consumption usually in step with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 sequence.

The caveat is that “the enhancements are solely accessible in sure load conditions.” Most notably, the location noticed large drops in energy consumption whereas watching YouTube movies in 4K decision at 60 frames per second.

AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 XT seems to have benefited probably the most. Whereas the location’s testing confirmed it consuming 30W with the launch driver put in, the newest driver knocks it all the way down to 18W. That is simply 2W greater than the just-launched 6600 XT.

In the meantime, the Radeon RX 6900 XT went from 42W with the older driver to 30W with the brand new one. Each the Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6800 consumed 40W earlier than the motive force replace, and dropped to 32W and 33W, respectively, with the 21.8.1 driver.

Based on ComputerBase, the rationale for the large dip in energy consumption is as a result of with older drivers in play, the reminiscence clocks on AMD’s latest Radeon playing cards run full bore. Apparently the newest driver launch is best at intelligently managing reminiscence clocks.

There’s nonetheless room for enchancment, although. For instance, when watching movies on the identical decision however in HDR, there isn’t any discount in energy consumption. It is really a contact worse the place comparisons can be found, albeit simply 1W throughout the board.

AMD’s new 6600 XT begins off in place at 31W. The 6700 XT, nevertheless, goes from 42W to 43W with the brand new driver, whereas the remainder of lineup hovers round 61-63W. Reminiscence clocks run at max pace when HDR comes into play, therefore why the effectivity positive aspects exit the window.

In any occasion, should you watch a variety of YouTube movies (particularly in 4K) and personal an RDNA 2 card, it is price putting in the newest driver. It additionally fixes a crashing challenge in The Medium that may happen whereas operating FrameView. In any other case, it is a quite sparse driver package deal with nothing else of word.

Paul Lilly

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